The White Bird of Poston

The White Bird of Poston

When it comes to kids and opera, no one does it better than L.A. Opera. Every summer, they open their intensive two-week program Opera Camp to 50 area youngsters ages 9 to 17, who train to become singers. Are they successful? Well, the proof lies in the pudding, or rather, the opera -- which this year is The White Bird of Poston. The 47-minute children's opera by composer and noted tenor Eli Villanueva, with libretto by Leslie Stevens, explores intercultural friendship. Set during WWII in a Japanese internment camp on Arizona's Colorado River Indian Reservation, it centers around the relationship between a Japanese girl and a Native American boy who, in the midst of oppression and confinement, learn about each other's cultural heritage and traditions, as well as open-mindedness and tolerance. While the production features several professional singers and musicians, the students will form a very active chorus, playing "Japanese-American internees, American soldiers and the animals of the desert." Sounds like inspiring entertainment for the whole family. Barnsdall Art Theater, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Fri., Aug. 10, 7 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 11, noon & 2 p.m.; advance tickets required. (213) 972-8001.
Fri., Aug. 10, 7 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 11, 12 & 2 p.m., 2012

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Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG)

4800 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027